Exhibition Requirements

CPSA holds two annual exhibitions: the International Exhibition and Explore This! While these exhibitions vary in respect to what materials may be used for the artwork, most basic requirements apply to both.

SEE ALSO:
Colored Pencil Defined
Products Allowed for CPSA Exhibitions
Prospectus PDFs

IDEATION AND EXECUTION SPECIFICATIONS
(for the CPSA International and Explore This! Exhibitions)

  • REQUIRED: Artwork must be solely the original concept, design, and execution of the submitting artist.
    • Any reference photos used in creating the artwork must be taken personally by the submitting artist.
    • Reference photos taken by anyone other than the submitting artist may be used only when those images are incidental to and not the main focus of the artwork.
  • ALLOWED: Artwork created as a pastiche (parody or imitation of another artwork), provided the artwork is sufficiently altered so as to make the parody obvious and the artwork parodied is not copyrighted.
  • NOT ALLOWED:
    • Work in which the primary subject has been copied directly from someone else鈥檚 photograph, even with permission.
    • Work copied from any copyrighted or published materials.
    • Work copied from any image downloaded from online photo sites.
    • Artwork produced by applying colored pencil over a printed or digitally produced image (with the exception noted below for Explore This!).
    • Reproductions such as prints or gicl茅es of artwork.
    • Collaborative works executed by more than one artist, including classroom projects and exercises. You may, however, submit artwork of your own design which was worked on in a class or critiqued by others, as long as you are the primary creative force.

ARTWORK SPECIFICATIONS (for the CPSA International)

  • Artwork must be 100% colored pencil (see links to 鈥淐olored Pencil Defined鈥 and 鈥淧roducts Allowed for CPSA Exhibitions鈥 above). Use of any other additional media (watercolor, acrylic, oil, ink, markers, etc.) disqualifies entry.
  • Artwork must be on a manufacturer-prepared surface (scratchboard not allowed). Use of artist-prepared surface (i.e., the application of grounds, washes, or other non-colored pencil materials which may alter the texture, color, or value of a manufacturer-prepared surface) disqualifies entry.
  • Acceptable additions include colorless blenders and solvents (e.g., turpentine, odorless mineral spirits, light layers of workable fixative, final coat(s) of varnish) and graphite pencil used under/between colored pencil layers. No pure, exposed graphite is allowed.
  • Artwork must be two-dimensional; no collage or montage. Matting with multiple windows (diptychs, triptychs) in a single-framed presentation is acceptable.
  • Artwork must have been completed within three years of the exhibition year and not previously hung in any CPSA International Exhibition.
  • Artwork may not be altered after submission of entry.
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ARTWORK SPECIFICATIONS (for Explore This!)

  • Colored pencil as described for the CPSA International must be the predominant medium.
  • Artwork must include some medium other than colored pencil or some surface, technique, or element that would render the artwork ineligible for the CPSA International Exhibition as described previously.
  • Applying colored pencil over a photograph or printed image in whole is not permissible, however you may create an original and completely different drawing over a printed digital image or photograph.
  • Artwork must have been completed within three years of the exhibition year and not previously displayed in any CPSA Explore This! Exhibition.
  • Artwork may not be altered after submission of entry.

FRAMING SPECIFICATIONS (for the CPSA International)

  • Artwork must be ready to hang by wire鈥攏o saw tooth hangers.
  • If glazed, use plexiglass only. Absolutely NO glass or 鈥渃lip on鈥 frames.
  • Outside frame dimensions may not exceed 32 x 40 inches (in either orientation).
  • Mats must be neutral (white, off-white, beige, gray, or black).
  • Frames should be simple in design (nothing ornate, with three-dimensional carving, or with painted effects).